Job 22:3
New International Version
What pleasure would it give the Almighty if you were righteous? What would he gain if your ways were blameless?

New Living Translation
Is it any advantage to the Almighty if you are righteous? Would it be any gain to him if you were perfect?

English Standard Version
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty if you are in the right, or is it gain to him if you make your ways blameless?

Berean Study Bible
Does it delight the Almighty that you are righteous? Does He profit if your ways are blameless?

New American Standard Bible
"Is there any pleasure to the Almighty if you are righteous, Or profit if you make your ways perfect?

King James Bible
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?

Christian Standard Bible
Does it delight the Almighty if you are righteous? Does he profit if you perfect your behavior?

Contemporary English Version
If you were completely sinless, that would still mean nothing to God All-Powerful.

Good News Translation
Does your doing right benefit God, or does your being good help him at all?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Does it delight the Almighty if you are righteous? Does He profit if you perfect your behavior?

International Standard Version
Will it please the Almighty if you are innocent, or does he profit if your life is blameless?

NET Bible
Is it of any special benefit to the Almighty that you should be righteous, or is it any gain to him that you make your ways blameless?

New Heart English Bible
Is it any pleasure to Shaddai, that you are righteous? Or does it benefit him, that you make your ways perfect?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Is the Almighty pleased when you are righteous? Does he gain anything when you follow the path of integrity?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Is it any advantage to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? Or is it gain to Him, that thou makest thy ways blameless?

New American Standard 1977
“Is there any pleasure to the Almighty if you are righteous, Or profit if you make your ways perfect?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that thou art justified? Or is it gain to him that thou makest thy ways perfect?

King James 2000 Bible
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that you are righteous? or is it gain to him, that you make your ways blameless?

American King James Version
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that you are righteous? or is it gain to him, that you make your ways perfect?

American Standard Version
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? Or is it gain to him , that thou makest thy ways perfect?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For what matters it to the Lord, if thou wert blameless in thy works? or is it profitable that thou shouldest perfect thy way?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What doth it profit God if thou be just? or what dost thou give him if thy way be unspotted?

Darby Bible Translation
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty if thou art righteous? And is it gain [to him] that thou makest thy ways perfect?

English Revised Version
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?

Webster's Bible Translation
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?

World English Bible
Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that you are righteous? Or does it benefit him, that you make your ways perfect?

Young's Literal Translation
Is it a delight to the Mighty One That thou art righteous? is it gain, That thou makest perfect thy ways?
Study Bible
Eliphaz Exhorts Job
2“Can a man be of use to God? Can even a wise man benefit Him? 3Does it delight the Almighty that you are righteous? Does He profit if your ways are blameless? 4Is it for your reverence that He rebukes you and enters into judgment against you?…
Cross References
Job 22:2
"Can a man be of use to God? Can even a wise man benefit Him?

Job 22:4
Is it for your reverence that He rebukes you and enters into judgment against you?

Job 35:7
If you are righteous, what do you give Him, or what does He receive from your hand?

Treasury of Scripture

Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that you are righteous? or is it gain to him, that you make your ways perfect?

any pleasure

1 Chronicles 29:17
I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.

Psalm 147:10,11
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man…

Proverbs 11:1,20
A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight…

thou makest

Job 23:10-12
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold…

Psalm 39:1
To the chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David. I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.

Psalm 119:3-6,59
They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways…







Lexicon
Does it delight
הַחֵ֣פֶץ (ha·ḥê·p̄eṣ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2656: Pleasure, desire, a valuable thing, a matter

the Almighty
לְ֭שַׁדַּי (lə·šad·day)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7706: The Almighty

that
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

you are righteous?
תִצְדָּ֑ק (ṯiṣ·dāq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6663: To be just or righteous

Does He profit
בֶּ֝֗צַע (be·ṣa‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1215: Gain made by violence, unjust gain, profit

if
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

your ways
דְּרָכֶֽיךָ׃ (də·rā·ḵe·ḵā)
Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

are blameless?
תַתֵּ֥ם (ṯat·têm)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8552: To be complete or finished
Verse 3. - Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? As "our goodness extendeth not to God," and as his all-perfect happiness knows neither increase nor diminution, we cannot he said to advantage him by our goodness. Still "good works, which are the fruits of faith, and follow after justification, are pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ;" and God himself condescends to say that he "takes pleasure in his people," "in them that fear him" (Psalm 147:11; Psalm 149:4). Or is it gain to him that thou makest thy ways perfect? Of course, the "gain" is to the man himself, and not to God. He saves his soul alive. God has one more worshipper in the courts of heaven, one more voice added to the choir which hymns his praise for evermore, But what is one drop added to an ocean? 22:1-4 Eliphaz considers that, because Job complained so much of his afflictions, he thought God was unjust in afflicting him; but Job was far from thinking so. What Eliphaz says, is unjustly applied to Job, but it is very true, that when God does us good it is not because he is indebted to us. Man's piety is no profit to God, no gain. The gains of religion to men are infinitely greater than the losses of it. God is a Sovereign, who gives no account of his conduct; but he is perfectly wise, just, faithful, good, and merciful. He approves the likeness of his own holiness, and delights in the fruits of his Spirit; he accepts the thankful services of the humble believer, while he rejects the proud claim of the self-confident.
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